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Diction Types

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Slang
refers to a group of recently coined words often used in informal
situations. These words often come and go quickly, passing in and out ofusage within months or years.
Colloquial expressions
nonstandard, often regional, ways of using
language appropriate to informal or conversational speech and writing.
Jargon
words and expressions characteristic of a particular trade,
profession, or pursuit.
Dialect
a nonstandard subgroup of a language with its own vocabulary
and grammatical features. Writers often use regional dialects or dialectsthat reveal a person's economic or social class.
Concrete diction
specific words that describe physical qualities or conditions.
Abstract diction
refers to language that denotes ideas, emotions, conditions, or concepts that are intangible.
Denotation
the exact, literal definition of a word independent of any emotional association or secondary meaning.
Connotation
the implicit rather than explicit meaning of a word; consists
of the suggestions, associations, and emotional overtones attached to a word.